EU migrants arriving postBrexit ‘must wait FIVE YEARS for UK benefits’, new plan hints

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Under new plans to be published today, migrants arriving from the disintegrating Brussels bloc would be forced to wait as long as non-EU nationals to receive housing and income benefits.

The proposals would not bring a complete halt to non-skilled migrants entering Britain but would be introduced gradually to help the UK adapt to the cheap labour.

The “key worker” scheme could be implemented in care homes and other sectors which are heavily reliant on foreign workers and would be tapered off to give British workers the time to train up

The expected proposals that ministers will release today are thought to be similar to that of MigrationWatch UK, which states “there is no reasons for Government to subside cheap labour from abroad”.

The Daily Mail reported that low-skilled migrants are looking to introduce a work-permit scheme for EU citizens trying to make their way into Britain.

Under new unreleased proposals low-skilled migrants wanting to come into Britain will be rejected, which will reduce migration into the UK by around 100,000-a-year.

To be eligible for a work permit, EU migrants would need a job offer, have qualifications close to a degree level and earn more than £20,000-a-year – a similar criteria which non-EU applicants must obtain.

Tourists from other EU states will not have to apply for a visa.


It is believed the concessions will help Britain be able to strike a deal with Brussels officials as they will still have favourable status compared to other nations.

MigrationWatch UK chairman Lord Green of Deddington said: “As for the immigration chapter of the Brexit negotiations, I submit that the situation had become untenable.

“With 100million people in Eastern Europe at a standard of living of a third or a quarter of our own, a continuing substantial inflow was a racing certainty. Meanwhile, massive levels of youth unemployment in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are likely to be a push factor for a considerable period.

“Our estimate is that net migration from the EU would have continued at about 150,000-a-year well into the medium term.”

He added: “We now have a massive task before us but the good news is that the eventual outcome will leave us in control of our borders, our laws and thus our future.”